Friday, December 10, 2010

A Long Over Due Stahnke Update

So I haven't posted since this summer!  So where do I even begin.  Our lives here at the Stahnke house has been beyond busy.  I started my photography business last year, and I never dreamed how busy it was going to get this summer and fall.  I feel more then blessed for all the work, but I had no idea what I was in for.  Most people go on a job interview, and they discuss the hours that they are going to work, and what the job will demand of them.  Some how I took on an, almost full time job without even knowing it.  Unfortunately, Cain and I have had some adjustments with the schedule.  The crazy thing is, now that it's cold outside I'm hardly working at all.  I guess that is why I have a moment to post.

So when we got home from vacation, I had exactly a week to get ready for Alisha's graduation party.  I haven't even had a moment to look through the pictures, but when I do, I will post some.  I had everyone say it was a wonderful party, but I have to admit I was stressed, tired, and I don't even think I enjoyed a moment of it.  My best advise to all mom's throwing graduation parties, have someone there to just be you, and do the jobs that you would do.  I thought I had a plan where I wouldn't have to do much with the food, but I was dead wrong.  It was a full time job, and I wished I could of enjoyed the day.  I guess I'll enjoy looking through the pictures when I have a moment.

Then two weeks after we got home from vacation, I got the opportunity to photograph my first wedding.  Here is a link to some of my favorite photos from that day.

I have to admit I was scared out of my mind that day, and lots of things seemed to be going wrong.  The night before this first wedding my daughter dropped my favorite lens.  It seemed to be working that night but the next morning just a few hours before leaving I realized that this lens was not working.  I was about in tears, but somehow I had to make due with what I had.  Then I somehow managed to lay in poison ivy at a photo shoot just earlier that week, and at this point I had it all over my legs, and I was in absolute pain that entire day.  All in all I guess the pictures turned out okay, but it was quite the way to just jump in there.  Anyways, since that wedding I have shot 6 more, and I have to say I'm getting quite comfortable with them, and I do seem to enjoy them a lot.  I already have 4 booked for next year, and my goal is to have 10.

Another thing that has kept me busy, is Andrew had to have his surgery to correct his submucous cleft (partial cleft palate) in August.  Our goal was to get this taken care of after vacation, but before school started back up.  I do have to admit this surgery was the most horrible thing I have gone through with any of my children.  Andrew had a horrible experience after the anesthesia wore off.  He kept freaking out, and no one could calm him down.  His oxygen levels were not good, and they were excepting it in the 80's but they like to see it at 95.  So we were keeping an eye on this number very closely, and me and Cain were taking turns trying to calm him down.  Suddenly when Cain had him, we watched his oxygen level drop in the 30's.  The nurse yelled for Cain to get him on the table, and it took many of us to hold him down, so they could force the oxygen mask on him.  He finally calmed down, and his oxygen level went up, but then a few minutes later, he did the same thing again.  They decided it was going to be best to put the breathing tube back in.  They explained that there is a small window to get the tube back in, and if it swells to much in there they can't get the tube back in.  We were at this very dangerous point with Andrew, so it was best to just do it.  My poor little guy even with being sedated with drugs, wanted that breathing tube out.  At this point he was in the ICU and out of the recovery room, and after he managed to pull through the drugs enough to pull the breathing tube connection out, even while being tied to the bed, they thought it would be best to give him something to paralyze him through the night.  My poor baby looked so helpless, but yet peaceful.  I felt like my baby was in good hands because he had a full time nurse just watching his monitors.

The next morning they decided to pull Andrew's breathing tube out, but nothing could of prepared me for what was going to happen.  I guess they should of learned from the day before on how strong Andrew was, and how he could pull out of even the strongest of drugs trying to sedate him.  Anyways, as soon as they backed off the medicine that was paralyzing him he pulled through immediately (it should of taken at least an hour), and lets just say no one was ready for the breathing tube to be pulled out.  The Dr. wasn't in the room, Cain wasn't at the hospital yet, and there was only me, the nurse, the respiratory person, Alisha and her boyfriend in the room.  Suddenly Andrew was in his rages, and was trying to pull out his breathing tube again.  It took all 5 of us to hold him down, while the nurse was getting approval from the Dr. to go ahead and pull the tube even though he wasn't in the room.  So the respiratory lady pulled the breathing tube, and then Andrew went from fighting with every muscle in his body, to suddenly going limp and he turned blue.  We suddenly realized that Andrew wasn't breathing at all.  They pushed the emergency button in his ICU room, and before we knew it we had about 10 people in the room, working on my son.  It was the scariest thing I have ever seen, and what was about 30 seconds, seemed like hours.  They got my son back of course, but I don't think I'll ever be the same after that day.

So if the actual hospital visit wasn't bad enough, getting home with Andrew after 3 days, wasn't any easier.  The poor little guy was having mood swings, and hallucinations while sleeping, from his pain killers.  He was in so much pain, that I couldn't get him to hardly eat or drink anything.  He also had a horrible time sleeping.  I was waiting on this little guy hand and foot for over a week, and I was going on almost no sleep.  Then they had him on a soft diet for 3 weeks.  Andrew is still dramatized about that.

Then just 2 weeks ago, Andrew went to his 3 month follow up from his surgery.  I have been concerned because since surgery Andrew has had a hard time breathing while he was eating.  I decided to wait the full 3 months for his mouth to heal but since this problem wasn't getting any better I knew it needed to be addressed.  One look from the Dr. in Andrew's mouth and he saw a problem.  He immediately sent me down to an ENT.  Luckily this ENT also did Andrew's tubes in his ears, so they had record of him already.  Anyways, the Dr. saw that there was scar tissue that grew on Andrew's adenoids, and it was clogging his air passage.  So he wanted to do surgery to remove his adenoids.  So long story short, Andrew just had another surgery this last Tuesday.  Nothing as bad as the last one, but he still didn't do great in recovery.  Andrew is still healing from Tuesday's surgery, but I'm hoping Andrew will be good as new by Christmas.

So that is where my time has gone in the last 4 months.  I'm hoping to post more often, but I'm not sure if I can keep up like I use to.  So here are a few fun pictures.  Hopefully more to come.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Family Vacation 2010 - Hilton Head

So get ready for some picture overload!  I haven't posted in awhile, and I fill like I'm missing half of my summer because I haven't had time to post anything.  I have been very busy with my photography business.  I guess that is a good thing except when it comes to my own pictures, I just don't have time to do anything with them.  We have had a busy summer.  We have been getting projects done around the house that have been adding up for the last few years, knowing that Alisha's grad party was going to happen.  It's funny how people at your house will cause you to get things done around your house.  It was the push my husband and I have needed.  We first started off with having a friend of ours put in a patio.  I have waited 7 years for my patio, and I couldn't be more happy.  I'll have to post a picture another day of that.  Then my husband decided it was time to patch a hole in the front hallway going up the stairs that was from the baby gate.  I told him, if he was going to patch that hole, and repaint, we might as well do all the hallways, and the office.  So my poor husband went along with it, and after he got one hallway done and half of my office, I decided I hated the color I picked.  Because my husband loves me so much, he sucked it up, re bought the paint, and started over.  We all agree that it looks much better now!  Then I decided if we were going to repaint, my decor throughout the first floor, needed some sprucing up.  So my job was to get some new things to accent the downstairs with red.  Anyone who knows me, knows that I'll shop forever to find exactly what I want, and poor Andrew was along for the ride for 5-6 hour shopping adventures a few times.  The poor little guy.  I ended up buying 3 sets of rugs for my hallway before I got exactly what I wanted.  I actually drive myself crazy with how picky I am.  Then my brother helped us with replacing part of the wood on our front porch, because it was rotting  away.  Then Cain had to put a few coats of fresh paint on it.  Anyways, we got all this work done just in the nick of time before Alisha's grad party.  I have spending most of this week recovering from Alisha's party, and gearing up for Andrew's surgery next week.  I feel like it has been one event after another around here, and quite frankly I can't wait to get some normal routine going!  

Below is our pictures from vacation we took to Hilton Head just a few weeks ago.  Our family was long over due a vacation.  We just haven't taken a long road trip of any kind since Andrew came home.  He hates the car, so I was even a bit nervous about taking him this year.  The road trip was 12 hours, and that was without stops.  He did pretty good, but he can get real loud in the car!  The poor kid just has way to much energy.  Anyways, our family had a great time, and Hilton Head by far has been my most favorite beach we have been to.  We got a condo that was right by the beach, and the beach was so calm and didn't have tons of people everywhere, like I'm use to.  I would go back to Hilton Head in a heartbeat.  We actually went with some friends of ours, and it worked out great because we both rented our own condos, but we were literally just 8 doors down from each other in the same building.  We didn't even ask to be near each other, and this was a condo resort that has 4 floors, and 4 different buildings.  

Megan and Julianna 

The kids enjoying the TV in their room!

Alisha enjoying a book in her room!

The tide that would go in and out on the beach was so cool!  When the tide wen't back, it would leave behind all these cool puddles, and sometimes their were little fish in them that the kids liked to catch.  

I don't think you need your life jacket to play in the puddle Andrew!

This is how Alisha spent most of her days on the beach!

Andrew played in the puddles more then the actual ocean!

Andrew and Julianna!

Andrew and Carissa!  By the way Carissa is Andrew's girlfriend now.  He was smitten by her on our trip!  I don't think Carissa feels the same way, but I guess Andrew likes the older girls!

Walk to the beach!

The kids had a blast looking for sand dollars under the sand in the ocean!  They also found a few starfish that is below, but we put everything back when we were done each day!  Some people beside us also found some interesting things.  They caught 2 baby sharks.  I guess it is normal for the mother to have the babies near the shore and then leave them there.  We also found a few people who caught sting rays! I'm shocked I actually went in the water everyday with the kids!

The kids liked to use the boogie boards when the tide was coming in.  The waves would get crazy!

Andrew just loved the water!  I was afraid he would cry if the water hit his face, but he never did.  He couldn't get enough of it!

This was the last we saw of Cain's sunglasses.  Andrew accidentally dropped them and we couldn't find them anywhere!

This was our last walk on the beach in the evening before we left!  I already miss the beach and want to go back.  It was so great to just have my kids to myself, and have no outside distractions!  

This was one of the last pictures I got as the sun went down!  This is what I want to remember for a very long time.